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AndreaD
Sep 7, 2018 12:01 AM CST
My favorite medium blue iris is Merchant Marine.

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It is vigorous, has good branching, blooms heavily and long, and stands up well to rain. Its parent, Yaquina Blue, is also a beautiful medium blue self, a big, robust iris.

A medium blue that is not a self which I recommend is Money in Your Pocket.



This third year clump made quite a statement in my yard.

I agree with the other posters that the best light blue is probably Absolute Treasure, but I grow another light blue that is reliable and vigorous:

Neptune's Cloak (Hager 1992)






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William
Sep 7, 2018 6:30 AM CST
Looking into medians, I'm very happy with the color of the IB Neon Blue.


The catch is that while it has grown great here(as most IB's do), it has also had rot issues during winter (but so had most of its neighboring irises) so in two years I have only seen a single bloom. Not nearly enough for me to personally recommend it, but I do hope to see it in its full glory in a couple of years, as it is now placed in a much better and drier spot. It is so very beautiful in Robin's clump photo. Lovey dubby

I'm rather curious if anyone has a favorite blue SDB...?
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IrisLilli
Sep 7, 2018 6:41 AM CST
My favorite blue SDB is not a self, but it sure is bright blue:



Does anyone grow Bel Azur:


??

I am planning on getting it next year and would be interested in any thoughts you have on it. I'm all ears!

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TBGDN
Sep 7, 2018 7:19 AM CST
Looking through the DB there are several different classifications of "blue". There is light blue, pale blue, dark blue, etc. etc. My favorite of all the blues is described as Light blue. Then in the DB description of color there is "Silvery light powder blue". The beards are defined as "Deep bluebird blue tipped silver". I'm referring to Song Of Norway. It has been in my top five irises for a number of years, and is my pick of the "blue irises". Weather & lighting conditions can change the depth & shade of color (unless you are a professional photographer).

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I must admit Absolute Treasure is quite an attractive iris. However after several tries I scrapped it. It just did not measure up to strong growth and increase. Likely it was regional climate, weather, local etc. When one is limited as to how much lawn to plow up then we must limit the number of irises we can grow. That is an important factor for me. Age of this gardener has a bearing too. Sad

A gorgeous iris! Thumb of 2018-09-07/TBGDN/26011eAbsolute Treasure

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shizen
Sep 7, 2018 8:05 AM CST
sherry/@henhouse, have you ever grown 'goodnight irene'? your blue noid looks similar to 'gi', which i' ve been searching for and found at bluehaven iris. unfortunately, mary hess wrote back to say that particular iris was decimated by gophers, and she doesn't know if there are any survivors.......so i'm still looking for a second source.


anyone else know where it might be found?
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William
Sep 7, 2018 8:08 AM CST
A pity that Absolute Treasure didn't perform well at your location, Leon. Sad

Song of Norway looks very, very nice. Although not an exact match I find that it resembles Blue Trill in some photos.



I got Blue Trill this year, but the rhizome is tiny so will take at least two years for any blooms. If it doesn't thrive or dies I might be very tempted to try Song of Norway instead. Smiling
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janielouy
Sep 7, 2018 10:50 AM CST
Ocean Pearl is a good SDB that is blue. It grows really well for me but tends to meander all around so I find it in different places.
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 7, 2018 11:27 AM CST
IrisLilli said:My favorite blue SDB is not a self, but it sure is bright blue:


Lilli ~ Yes, that is a pretty one! Lovey dubby
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 7, 2018 12:00 PM CST
Here is what I have, or will have so far:
Absolute Treasure

Alien Mist

Babbling Brook

Barbara Jean

Batik (BB)

Blue Trill

Blutique

Broken Pattern


To be continued...

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evelyninthegarden
Sep 7, 2018 1:15 PM CST
(I am thinking that most, if not all are actually blue-violet.)

Clyde

Codicil

Elegance in Blue

Frosty Spirit BB

Gnu Blues

Honky Tonk Blues

Inside Job

Joy Returns (described as blue-violet)

Natural Grace

Never Been Kissed

On Line

Procrastinator

Shipshape

Tu Tu Turquoise SDB


Possibly with the exception of the last one here...
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creativeclover
Sep 7, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Evelyn, love all those blues. Thumbs up Blinking
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Polymerous
Sep 7, 2018 5:56 PM CST
I tried 'Batik' well over 10 years ago. I wasn't impressed. Shrug! (It's no longer here.)

'Blue Trill' looks pretty.
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UndertheSun
Sep 7, 2018 6:27 PM CST
Nice collection of blues Evelyn! Thumbs up

So Evelyn collects blues
Marilyn - purples
Barbara - ones with lines
Leslie - Burseens
Arlyn - historics
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 7, 2018 7:31 PM CST
And Rob? Shrug! Confused
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AndreaD
Sep 7, 2018 11:46 PM CST
Never Been Kissed is lovely. Lovey dubby
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Polymerous
Sep 8, 2018 12:50 AM CST
Rob collects EVERYTHING. Whistling Hilarious!
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 8, 2018 7:59 PM CST
creativeclover said:Evelyn, love all those blues. Thumbs up Blinking


Richard ~ Thank You!
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 8, 2018 8:04 PM CST
William said:Looking into medians, I'm very happy with the color of the IB Neon Blue.


The catch is that while it has grown great here(as most IB's do), it has also had rot issues during winter (but so had most of its neighboring irises) so in two years I have only seen a single bloom. Not nearly enough for me to personally recommend it, but I do hope to see it in its full glory in a couple of years, as it is now placed in a much better and drier spot. It is so very beautiful in Robin's clump photo. Lovey dubby

I'm rather curious if anyone has a favorite blue SDB...?


William ~ I like that neon Blue!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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creativeclover
Sep 8, 2018 8:26 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 8, 2018 9:06 PM CST
AndreaD said:Never Been Kissed is lovely. Lovey dubby


It didn't bloom, and since it is in its first year, I will withhold tossing it, but it is a very slow grower.
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